Play through recap for July
For the first time we actually had some discussion and debate about which of the event cards we wanted to take with us. After reviewing the objectives we discussed and agreed to include "Border Security" which would come in handy during the game. Otherwise we got another set of personal evaulation cards as part of set up.
Game play wise we drew an escalation on the very first turn but it thankfully didn't lead to an incident right away. However, Tokyo and Osaka both started with 3 agents. Our initial plan was to go and place a bunch of road blocks around LA. to try to contain the spread of the locations we needed to clean up, hitting the escalation this early was a problem. Thankfully our first turn player was able to place a roadblock in Mexico City so we kept it away from Havanna.
From there is was pretty much an exercise in problem mitigation for the remainder of the opening and middle third of the game. We were fortunate in how our threat cards came out as we were able to stay ahead of the agents adding incidents. We were also lucky in that we pulled the border security card prior to the 2nd escalation. We took a turn around the table to set ourselves us to maximize the use of that event and played it prior to the next escalation. This meant we were able to contain the searching to NA and Syndey...aka all Allied cities thus we only need a single team to clean that up .
We managed to get a soviet and neutral team created in near back to back turns which allowed us to complete the 2nd objective and stop Sabik. Finally getting teams on the board meant we were able to start to clean up agents with more efficiency. At one point we were down to 2 agents in the supply.
The research assistant was able to pass a couple of allied cards off to a teammate who was finally able to create the allied team. From there it was a couple of turns to move them around the board removing the chase tokens and completing the 1st objective.
The satalites never really impacted this game. We drew the Asia one, but by the time we drew it there weren't any agents in Asia and we had no reason to be there. The 2nd one we drew was in S. America but while Santigo was a mess we had no reason to go their either so that didn't matter.
After that we were able to move the allied team to Algiers which by this point we had determined was the African city with the control center and was able to bug it for a succeeding month.
Ended up with 4 incidents for the month: Washington, San Fran, Algiers, Manila
Spent our skill points on